Funding

Think Like a Marketer When Approaching a Prospective Community Partner

There’s the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” For schools seeking to form a partnership with a community-based organization, a positive first impression might mean demonstrating that you will be a trustworthy and responsible…


How to Find Community-Based Organizations: Start with the End Goal in Mind

The first two blog posts of this seven-part series – Connecting Families and Resources: The Important Role of Community Partners on the FAST Team and Partnering with Local Community-Based Organizations is Key to FAST Implementations, discussed how a relationship with a community…


Principals Share Parent Engagement Insights

In the Fall of 2016, Families & Schools Together, Inc. surveyed education leaders—principals and administrators—to learn more about parent engagement efforts at their schools. More than 1,400 principals, vice principals and head teachers completed our survey. All too often, practical…


Building Coalitions: A new requirement of many grant applications

First, what is a coalition, exactly? A coalition is a group of organizations that collaborate to work on improving a larger social problem. The idea behind a coalition is that a group of organizations working together will have a larger…


How to Capture the Effects of Parent Engagement for Funders

One of the most important parts of a grant proposal is the outcomes section. The outcomes you outline in a proposal must be specific, measurable and attainable. That being said, talking about the effects of parent engagement can be difficult,…


Advice on How to Approach a Funder

One of the best ways to improve your chance at securing grant dollars is by getting to know staff at the foundation or any other type of grantmaker from which you are seeking funding.However, we know there are many barriers that…


Searching, Identifying & Beginning the Grant Writing Process

Before thinking about writing grants, it is important to ensure you have a streamlined process for searching, identifying, selecting and then prioritizing grant opportunities. Here are a few ideas for beginning the process of grant writing. How does my organization…